Psalm 49

Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?

1 Hear this, all peoples;
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2 Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
3 My mouth shall speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will disclose my 1 dark saying on the harp.

5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
6 Those who a trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor b give to God a ransom for him -
8 For c the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever -
9 That he should continue to live eternally,
And d not 2 see the Pit.

10 For he sees wise men die;
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
11 3 Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,
Their dwelling places to all generations;
They e call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not 4 remain;
He is like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the way of those who are f foolish,
And of their posterity who approve their sayings. Selah
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave;
Death shall feed on them;
g The upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
h And their beauty shall be consumed in 5 the grave, far from their dwelling.
15 But God i will redeem my soul from the power of 6 the grave,
For He shall j receive me. Selah

16 Do not be afraid when one becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives k he blesses himself
(For men will praise you when you do well for yourself),
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never see l light. 7
20 A man who is in honor, yet does not understand,
m Is like the beasts that perish.

  1. Cross References
    Job 31:24
    If I have made gold my hope, Or said to fine gold, ' You are my confidence'.
    Psalms 52:7
    "Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness."
    Proverbs 11:28
    He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
    Mark 10:23
    Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!
    Mark 10:24
    And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
  2. Cross References
    Job 36:18
    Because there is wrath, beware lest He take you away with one blow; For a large ransom would not help you avoid it.
    Job 36:19
    Will your riches, Or all the mighty forces, Keep you from distress?
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 16:26
    For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 89:48
    What man can live and not see death? Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave? Selah
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 4:17
    And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son - Enoch.
    Deuteronomy 3:14
    Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob, as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and called Bashan after his own name, Havoth Jair, to this day.)
  6. Cross References
    Luke 12:20
    "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 47:3
    He will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet.
    Daniel 7:18
    'But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.'
    1 Corinthians 6:2
    Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
    Revelation 2:26
    And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations -
  8. Cross References
    Job 4:21
    Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.
  9. Cross References
    Hosea 13:4
    Yet I am the LORD your God Ever since the land of Egypt, And you shall know no God but Me; For there is no savior besides Me.
    Mark 16:6
    But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
    Mark 16:7
    "But go, tell His disciples - and Peter - that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you."
    Acts 2:31
    He, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
    Acts 2:32
    This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 73:24
    You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.
  11. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:19
    And so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, 'I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart' - as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.
    Luke 12:19
    'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."'
  12. Cross References
    Job 33:30
    To bring back his soul from the Pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.
  13. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 3:19
    For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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